Brenda J. Latham

Want to travel this holiday season? These are the 8 best places to go and 6 to avoid, according to experts.

The beach at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort in Aruba.

Consider spending the holidays on one of the beaches recommended by travel experts. Tripadvisor

  • If you’re planning 2021 holiday travel, experts say to book right away for the best deals.

  • Many international borders are open to vaccinated Americans and policies are lenient.

  • Here’s where travel experts say you should go, where to avoid, and what to know before booking.

If you’re considering holiday travel, don’t wait any longer to book airfare, hotels, and vacations. Experts say right now is the best time to score the best deals.

There are many options for American travelers – including destinations abroad –

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Most of the Caribbean is under a high level travel warning, but islands still want visitors

Just a few are at the two lowest levels, including the Dominican Republic and Cayman Islands (AP)

Just a few are at the two lowest levels, including the Dominican Republic and Cayman Islands (AP)

As winter approaches and travellers start dreaming of warm weather, the Caribbean beckons. But 19 months into the pandemic, much of the region is struggling with the delta variant surge and insufficient access to the coronavirus vaccine.

Late last month, the Pan American Health Organization warned that health systems in some Eastern Caribbean islands were becoming overwhelmed with the increase of cases and shortages of workers and supplies.

The majority of destinations in the Caribbean — as well as Bermuda and the Bahamas

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CDC says to ‘avoid travel’ to Barbados, Croatia due to COVID-19 cases

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of countries where Americans should avoid travel because of “very high” COVID-19 cases grew again Monday, with Barbados and Croatia the most notable additions.

Other countries raised to level 4, the agency’s highest travel health alert level: Austria, Armenia, Latvia and New Calendonia. All had been at level 3, which indicates case counts are “high.”

More than 80 countries are now on the ever-changing list of countries travelers should avoid, including Jamaica, Aruba, Belize, the United Kingdom, Greece and other popular tourist destinations.

The CDC also lowered travel

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Are half-term holidays on? Everything you need to know about new COVID travel rules

Watch: Traffic light system scrapped as travel rules simplified

After a summer of foreign travel disruption, some families have been pinning their hopes on a half-term getaway, so news that the government have scrapped their traffic light travel system will be welcome for many. 

New rules surrounding coronavirus and designed to make travel “easier and cheaper” came into force at 4am today (Oct 4), giving hope to many dreaming of heading to sunnier climes this half-term. 

The move, which has been welcomed by families and the travel industry alike, will see the traffic light system of green, amber and red

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